Parking Drive to Christiana Hospital. Refer to the map for directions to the Hospital. Park in lots A, B or C in front of Christiana Hospital. Valet parking is also available from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Drive into the main circle and meet the valet attendant or security personnel.
What to Do Enter the hospital’s main lobby and ask to be directed to the Surgery and Procedure Unit.
What to Expect You will be prepared for surgery in the Surgery and Procedure Unit. You will then be taken to the operating room holding area.
Family members should then go to the waiting room on the second floor. Your surgeon will call your family when the procedure is complete. If your family cannot stay, please inform the staff in the waiting room or the staff of the Surgical Spine Center.
In the operating room holding area, an IV will be started and your operation site will be scrubbed. Your operating room nurse and your anesthesiologist will interview you. They will then escort you to the operating room.
Following surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where you will remain for about two hours. Depending on your situation, you may wake up with oxygen, circulation boots, stockings or a device on your finger to measure oxygen. During this time, pain control will be initiated and your vital signs will be monitored. You will be taken to the Surgical Spine Center where a nurse will care for you. Only one or two very close family members or friends should visit you on this day.
Pain medication is available for you throughout your stay. You will be asked to rate your discomfort on a scale of 0-10, with “0” being no discomfort and “10” being the worst discomfort possible (refer to “For Your Information,” Pain Control.) Please let your nurse know if you are experiencing any discomfort.
Your surgeon may request that you sit up and get out of bed. You may also be asked to start doing the exercises described in “In the Hospital, Exercises After Surgery”(see tab below) on the first day. This will help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs. You will also learn to use your Incentive Spirometer.